Boys basketball: Lake Central schools young Chesterton squad
By MIKE HUTTON 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org January 25, 2013 9:58PM
Lake Central's Mike Miklusak (left) makes a layup over Chesterton's Corey Rusboldt (midddle)during their game held at Lake Central High School on January 25, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 27, 2013 6:18AM
ST. JOHN — It’s good to be young, when responsibility is optional.
When Chesterton gets beat badly, the Trojans can chalk it up to youth.
When the Trojans lose a close one, they can blame it on their lack of experience.
When they are completely out of sync and outplayed, like they were Friday in a 62-50 loss to Lake Central, those excuses don’t cut it.
The Indians, playing a mixture of defenses, stuck it to a lethargic Chesterton team that had come in on a roll after winning six of its last seven. Perhaps it can be chalked up to a fired-up Indians team, which was coming off a difficult loss to Merrillville last week.
Or maybe it was the fact that Chesterton had upset the Indians at home earlier this year when they gave up 79 points — a number that Lake Central center Tyler Wideman had never seen before and doesn’t ever want to see again.
Whatever the reasons were for the significant gap between the two performances, Lake Central left the floor looking very much like the team on the rise.
The Trojans looked like they could use some time off.
“It was a nice win against a quality team,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said.
All cylinders were firing for LC.
The Indians jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Wideman followed a missed layup by Corey Dickelman with a rim-rattling dunk with 4:57 left in the first quarter. Chesterton whittled the lead down to 11-9 after Corey Rusboldt scored with 1:35 left in the first quarter. The quarter ended with the Indians ahead 15-11. They expanded the lead to 31-18 after Robert Ryan scored with 46 seconds left.
The third quarter was more of the same, with the Indians going on an 8-2 run to start the quarter. Joe Bannister, who finished with 10 points, made it 39-22 with 4:22 left in the third.
The largest lead of the game was 20 when Matt Meneghetti hit a 3-pointer with 3:58 left in the third.
It was pretty much lights out for the Trojans at that point.
Chesterton coach Tom Peller didn’t have much of an explanation for what happened — other than his team didn’t play with a lot of energy. LC was active in both its zone and man defense and the Trojans missed too many shots. They finished 3-of-17 from 3-point range.
There was one small breakthrough. Chesterton won the fourth quarter and actually cut a 17-point lead down to nine at one point.
It was irrelevant by then.
“We just dug ourselves too big a hole,” Peller said.
Wideman, who was ill, finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Hard to find a better stat line from any big man in the region this year than that one.
Wideman was happy. The team had a spirited week of practice after a tough loss to Merrillville and it paid off.